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Kurdistan deploys Peshmerga to Kirkuk, prepared to defeat 'invaders'

By Rudaw 19/10/2017
 Kamal Kirkuki [c] has deployed Peshmerga forces near the oil-rich and disputed city of Kirkuk in the early hours of Thursday, October 19, 2017. Photo: Rudaw TV
Kamal Kirkuki [c] has deployed Peshmerga forces near the oil-rich and disputed city of Kirkuk in the early hours of Thursday, October 19, 2017. Photo: Rudaw TV
KIRKUK, Kurdistan Region – The Kurdish Peshmerga have been deployed to areas near Kirkuk in the early hours of Thursday, as a Peshmerga commander says that the time to liberate the oil-rich city is close.

“The brave Peshmerga are fully prepared...just as we defeated ISIS, the Hashd al-Shaabi and those who support them, will be null, and come under the feet of Kurdistan,” Kamal Kirkuki, the commander of the western front of Kirkuk told Rudaw from the front line.

The Hashd al-Shaabi are Iraqi paramilitary units who are backed by Iran. They had entered the disputed area of Kirkuk this week.

“The time will come,” he said, when asked about the time to launch the Kirkuk operation.

Displaced people from Kirkuk had sought shelter in Erbil and Sulaimani with some of those remaining protesting the presence of the Hashd. 

“As for the liberation of Kirkuk and the entire Kurdistan, it is coming and we will be victorious,” he added. 

 


 

Kirkuki, who has deployed a large Kurdish Peshmerga force, said that the uprising of the Kurdish people in Khanaqin and other areas--where the Hashd al-Shaabi has already withdrawn, proved that the people want their votes back. 


“This proves the result of the referendum, for independence of Kurdistan, that they oppose invasion and being slaves,” he said. “They want freedom and independence.”

Baghdad opposed the Kurdistan Region's independence referendum that was held on September 25. In particular, they objected to the disputed territories like Kirkuk being included in the vote.

“We are sure that Kirkuk will score victory,” said Kirkuki.

 


Last updated at 8:17 a.m.

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Tesla | 19/10/2017
You lying sack of shit of a so called news network. The PEOPLE rose up and ousted the Shia militas and you are trying to credit the coward party militas called "Peshmerga". This is the 90's uprising all over again! The people defeated Saddams henchmen and a week later the PeshAondara of PUK and KDP came back from hiding in Iran and pretended they had played a role. You have no honor or decency
act now | 19/10/2017
Oh How ashamed I was A few days ago for being A Kurd Because of those Damn xo-frosh and traitors.... ohhh how the tables have turned and those brave Kurdish citizines have restored Our honor to the whole world. I love you Kirkukies, I love you Khanaqin giyan... I love you Kurde dilsoz.... I love you peshmerga, if I die today, I Will die An honor Kurd with my head up Thanks to Kurds Like you. We Kurds Will never forget neither the treatory neither the braveness! Long live kirkuk! long live Khanaqin!! Long live peshmerga! Long live Kurdistan! BEJIIIT!!
shivan k | 19/10/2017
Kurdistan will prevail! Iraqi's were celebrating thinking that they had won..laughable. The peshmerga did not even fight to prevent any lose of life. It's all strategy. BIJI KURDISTAN!
JK | 19/10/2017
BS report, people in khanaqaen had an uprising after an incident when shia animals attacked a 80 year old Kurdish man who held a kurdish flag. People of the town grabbed their arms and strated attacking the shia militas who sustained many casualties and fled. News of the uprising spread luke wuld fire to other occupied kurdish towns that were recently ABANDONED by peshmerga and the people ousted the shia militias who fled in panic.
MAGDA EX | 19/10/2017
its been the worst 3 days in my entire lifeeeeeeeee a NIGHTMAREEEEEEEE
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